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Well how time flies! I am now back from my European wanderings and someone has attached a ball and chain from one leg to my office desk.

The 'early bird airfares' are well and truly out and most finish on the 31st October. I am selling lots of business class fares these days and there are some fantastic bargains.
Read below for some great fares.

And why not have a hot flush and join our sisterhood!

The photos below are from Spain and Portugal.

“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo." — Al Gore
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Fly first class for free!!!

Emirates has a special limited time offer from Melbourne, on flight EK409, to selected cities in Europe. For the cost of a Business Class return airfare, you can travel in First Class on either direction of the journey.         

In First Class, you can unwind in your own Private Suite, rejuvenate in your A380 Shower Spa and savour fine dining served whenever the mood takes you. It also includes a Chauffeur drive service to and from the airport.

Travel is between 27 Oct 16 - 31 Jan 17 and must be booked and paid by 18 November 2016. Terms and conditions apply. Email me for a quote.

Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard

Got some spare money? About $700 a room per night! The Shangri-la hotel is located on floors 34 to 52 of the tallest, and one of the newest, buildings to dot the London skyline. The Shard lends itself, as you’d imagine, to remarkable rooms and views. Read the details.

Pinhao in the Douro Valley in Portugal.

Walk in the footsteps of Rob Roy

A seven day walk across the Southern Highlands of Scotland taking in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Starting from Drymen, also the start of the West Highland Way, it goes north east to finish in Pitlochry. The Way is 77 or 94 miles - 124 or 151km dependent on route choice. Read the details.

Amarante in Portugal.

Winter walking in Japan

Oku Japan is really excited to announce the launch of their new small-group, guided walking tour ‘Winter Nakasendo Trail’. Oku Japan’s 8-day exploration features five days walking on some of the most atmospheric parts of the Nakasendo Trail, enjoying the peace and serenity of the winter landscapes. Their guests will stay in traditional country inns enjoying exquisite, warming regional cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients and enjoy the exceptional Japanese hospitality. Read the details.


Join the Sisterhood!!

Another addition to our office! Hayley has joined us and has painted the office pink!! Well not the whole office but just her part of it.  Sisterhood Women's Travel has been successfully operating personally escorted small group tours worldwide for over 10 years. And just for women! With an average group size of 12, this style of travel offers a great balance of travel, sightseeing and free time all under the guidance of an experienced tour hostess. Hayley encourages women of all ages and backgrounds to join other women who share a passion for travel. Discover friendships on the tour and beyond. So join our community by subscribing to the fortnightly Friday Hot Flush enewsletter and keep up to date with new tour releases, tour roundups, competitions and handy travel tips. Read more.

Trams in Porto.

Qantas to Beijing

From 25th January 2017 Qantas will start flying daily from Sydney to Beijing. This is the first time since 2009. The new service will operate into Beijing Capital International Airport, using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with return flights timed to connect with Qantas’ extensive domestic and trans-Tasman network.

And finally

An elderly person from the country was visiting the big city for the first time. He checked in at the hotel and let the porter take his bags. He followed him in. But as the door closed his face fell. “Young man," he said to him. “I may be old but I’m not stupid. I paid a lot of money for this room but it’s nothing like I expected. It’s too small and there’s no air conditioning. There’s not even a bed in here!" Porter replied: “This isn’t your room sir, this is the lift!!

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